* Democracy Now! Special Broadcast: Reaction to John Kerry's Concession and the Reelection of George W Bush
* Headlines for November 3, 2004
* The Morning After: Ohio As Ground Zero
* Nader Blasts Two-Party System
* Election 2004 and the Impact on the World
* Rep. Dennis Kucinich on the Showdown in Ohio: "Hoping for a Miracle Here"
* George McGovern on Daschle's Defeat in South Dakota and the Politics of War
* Election 2004: Shoplifting the Presidency?
Robert B. Livingston
August 3, 2013
2004 Day After Election Program Includes Segment of Ralph Nader Statement at the End of his Independent Presidential Campaign
In all America, Ralph Nader seemed but one of a very few who was not shocked or surprised by the outcome of the 2004 US Presidential Election. That doesn't mean that it was an unemotional event for him-- and for those who appreciated his words. Far from it.
About 45 minutes into the first hour of this program, Democracy Now! broadcast an excerpt of a statement Nader gave in Washington, D.C. the evening before.
Short as it is, it is an incredibly moving portion of the program. Nader, ever attuned to his enviornment, sums up his unwavering message by referring to the poverty of the capitol city of the world's wealthiest country.
Viewing the original video clip, it seemed that the gravelly Nader summoned his entire will to keep from choking up as he vowed that he would continue to fight for the unrepresented and manipulated ... "outside of the box".
Here is my own transcription of Nader's words in the program's excerpt:
"Look at our media! Have we ever had more stations and cable channels? Have we ever had less opportunity to speak, in other than sound bites... heading for a decade of sound "barks"?
Look at our sovereignty: the principle mode of representing people... our nation state... being undermined by WTO and NAFTA: autocratic systems of international governance whose "achitects" were the multinational corporations and their lawfirms.
Look at the level of poverty in this country. Forty percent of all households are really in poverty.
The official figure's ridiculous. The official figure says if you're a family of four (according to the Department of Labor) and you make $19,000 a year gross, you're not poor.
Forty percent of our nation's households... live poor!
In the richest country in the world... that has more billionaires than any other country... whose 1% of the richest people has financial wealth equivalent to the bottom 95%.
When you go into the low income areas of our country, such as here in Washington, D.C., there's no rule of law.
There's only rapacity. Predatory behavior. Anarchy! (People can't even cash their checks without paying 5% to the check cashing stores.) Predatory lending. Landlord abuses. Lesser municipal services in the poor areas. Crumbling housing. Libraries that fall apart. Consumer exploitation. Dumping grounds for shoddy merchandise, including dirty meat and poultry.
And most of those cities were run by Democrats... and the Democratic Party... for years.
After November Two... it's not the end. It's just the end of the beginning.
Out of the box... between now and inauguration... to push those liberal groups who were so reticent in advancing their life's work (like the anti-war groups in the last year, and others) to come to grips with their own introspection needs.
And that is:
The moment they go for the least worst, that will be their fate.
There will always be a least worst between the Democrats and Republicans... every four years... every two years.
And least worst means: you exert no pull on the least worst, and therefore you're own influence and your own impact is self-limited."
Following the clip of Nader, Amy Goodman resumed her delivery of the news... but it was clear to me: she too was holding back tears.